By Rachel Ponder, APG NewsDecember 20, 2013
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aberdeen Proving Ground's Alcohol and Drug Control Officer Timothy Knox recently won the 2013 Director's Award for the Army Substance Abuse Program ADCO of the year. This award is given annually by the Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs.
During a Dec. 16 presentation in Bldg. 6002, APG Garrison Commander Col. Gregory McClinton thanked Knox for his hard work, noting that this year Knox oversaw the $450,000 renovation of the APG ASAP facility, Bldg. 2477. As a result ASAP's clinical and prevention programs are now located in one building.
"We had some challenges, but with Tim pushing, the whole project came to fruition," McClinton said, adding that ASAP intervention is critical, particularly during periods of increased stress, such as this year's furloughs and sequestration.
APG Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell said Knox is a hands-on leader who supports many installation-wide events.
"It is no surprise to me that he would be recognized at the Army level," Ferrell said.
Knox said the award is a team effort.
"My goal at the beginning was to put APG on the map for the Army Substance Abuse Program," he said. "Next year, I hope we win the (ASAP) community award."
He added that ASAP focuses on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, intervention, deterrence, and treatment.
Knox became the APG ADCO in 2010. He supervises 10 employees and ensures that ASAP meets monthly, quarterly and annual requirements set at the DA level. In addition to alcohol and drug abuse screening and counseling, ASAP services include the Employee Assistance Program, which provides assessments and referrals to mental health professionals on and off post for Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their Family members. This year ASAP began providing clinical services on APG South on an as-needed basis, making ASAP services more accessible.
"What I like most about my job is the mission," Knox said. "ASAP impacts the health and safety of the entire APG community.
He said that putting ASAP's clinical and prevention programs in one building has resulted in faster, more effective communication within the ASAP team. The reintegration follows the Installation Management Command's Public Health Model. PHM takes a holistic approach and focuses on three components: the host, (the individual affected by the health problem), the environment (the conditions that promote the health problem) and the agent (the catalyst, substance or organism that causes the health problem).
Knox said to stay current, he believes in frequent training for himself and his staff members. Last summer he attended the three-week Civilian Education System Intermediate Course at the Army Management Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He also is active in the local community, as a Big Brother with the George G. Lisby Elementary School in Aberdeen and as a coach for APG's Child Youth and School Services sports program.